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January 10, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Feds: Seattle-area pastor bilked 2 dozen for $1.6M

UPDATE: Anthony C. Morris‘ attorney, Jessica Riley of Seattle, tells The Associated Press he’s been cooperating and will plead guilty to both charges and that he hopes to repay as many of his victims as possible.

From The Associated Press

A Seattle-area pastor has been charged with bilking two dozen people out of at least $1.6 million.

Anthony C. Morris has been the pastor at New Covenant Christian Center, but questions have dogged him for years about what he did with money he took from investors, including church members. Several people have gone to court to obtain judgments against him after they said they were never repaid tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Federal prosecutors in Seattle charged him with wire fraud and money laundering Tuesday. They said his so-called investments were nothing more than a Ponzi scheme.

The New Covenant Christian Center was previously located in Seattle and Renton, but now operates out of a community center in Tukwila. The case was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation and the FBI.

Morris’ attorney did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

 

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